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A private fostering arrangement is one where:

  • A parent (or those with parental responsibility for a child) makes their own arrangements for someone to care for their child or young person under the age of 16 (or 18 if disabled);
  • A young person under the age of 16 (or 18 if disabled) chooses to live somewhere else and their parent does not object;
  • The carer is not a close relative (brother, sister, aunt, uncle or grandparent by birth or marriage);
  • The arrangement is intended to last 28 days or longer.

It is a legal duty for a parent or carer to notify the local authority of any proposed or existing arrangement.